Area Student Named Wisconsin Civics Bee Champion

Area Student Named Wisconsin Civics Bee Champion

“Congratulations to Rya and all of the other finalists for making Wisconsin history…”

-WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer.

 WMC Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, on Flag Day announced Rya Mousavi, from Delong Middle School in Eau Claire as the first-ever Wisconsin Civics Bee champion. Rya competed against seven other finalists from around the state on stage on Friday, answering Civics trivia questions and presenting portions of her submitted essay.

The competition, the first-of-its kind in Wisconsin, is modeled on traditional spelling and geography bees, encouraging students to share ideas for improving their communities and show their enthusiasm for civics. Earlier in the year, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades were invited to compete in regional bees, hosted by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Racine Area Manufacturers & Commerce, and the Wausau Chamber of Commerce. Winners of the regional bees participated in the state finals.

“Congratulations to Rya and all of the other finalists for making Wisconsin history,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “We’re thrilled to partner with other chambers to build enthusiasm for civic engagement and United States history through this competition.”

Rya won a $1,000 cash prize for the victory, and will represent Wisconsin in the inaugural National Civics Bee national championship in Washington, D.C., in the fall for a chance to win prizes worth more than $50,000. Megan C. from Colfax Middle School and Elissa K. from DeLong Middle School placed second and third, respectively, and earned cash prizes as well. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

2024 State Final Civics Bee Champions:

Rya M.- Delong Middle School

Megan C.- Colfax Middle School

Elissa K.- Delong Middle School

Other Finalists:

Audrie B. – Neenah Middle School

Raluca M. – Carl Traeger Middle School

Brayden S. – New Holstein Middle School

Hayes B.- Gifford

Cora H. – The Prairie School

Abygail A. – The R.E.A.L. School

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